Happy Wildcrafting Wednesday!
Today’s plant is a little New Mexico native flower nestled in with its family of plants! Can you guess which one it is?
Also known as cranesbill, Geranium maculatum is a very special geranium varietal not to be confused with the standard varietal of geranium.
It is known as a highly effective astringent with low to no toxicity and a mild alterative property (typically a strong/tonifying herb that brings a congested or atrophied bodily function back into balance).
It is used to tonify the mucous membranes of the digestive system as well as topically on wounds or as a skin tonic.
Wild geranium can be found all over North America amongst fields, mountains, roadsides, and basically anywhere is has found itself and can get a steady, albeit sparse, water supply.
Identify by the small, fragrant, pale pink to lilac-coloured five-petaled flowers and by the five-lobed, palmate, deep green leaves.
Harvest flowers in late spring to midsummer alongside leaves which are potent basically until the frost. Roots may be harvest in the fall. As always, leave enough for the birds and the bees.
You can dry and or tincture for later internal needs, or make a poultice and try your hand at wound healing. A personal favourite is to infuse it in a bit of almond oil and use as a pore-shrinking, antiseptic facial serum.
Happy wilding, folks.